Tag Archives: 2018 Legislative Session

While others take action, Oregon lags in oil train safety | Guest opinion

Two years after our traumatizing, 14-hour oil fire in Mosier, communities across Oregon are still exposed and at risk. Source: While others take action, Oregon lags in oil train safety: Guest opinion

LOOK TOWARDS LEGISLATION: Short session included ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’

One of the terms I was unfamiliar with when I was elected to the State Senate six years ago was the Latin phrase “sine die.” In order to adjourn the Legislative Session and go home, a Sine Die Resolution has to pass in both chambers. You Latin scholars might be better able to define the […]
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Bonham: The good, bad of 2018

It was a month-long legislative session that Rep. Daniel Bonham, R-The Dalles, gave a mixed review. On a positive note, one of his two proposed bills received enough bipartisan support to get through the House and Senate. Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign into law the “Good Neighbor Authority” policy that will restore managed […]
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Oregon a national leader again with toxic air plan | Guest opinion

Oregon took on the mantle of a national leader once again with the full implementation of Cleaner Air Oregon. Source: Oregon a national leader again with toxic air plan: Guest opinion

Rep. Witt: Legislative session update | Opinion

As you know by now, the 79th Legislative Assembly adjourned on March 3rd, a full week ahead of schedule. I’m happy to say that most of the bills I sponsored negotiated the process well, and I am especially happy with one bill dealing with toxic air emissions and the tools in place to manage them. […]
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Video: Legislation that passed, didn’t pass in 2018 Oregon Legislature

Guns and net neutrality were among topics addressed, while cap-and-invest was put off for at least another year. Source: Video: Legislation that passed, didn’t pass in 2018 Oregon Legislature

Our View: Good governance is frequently bland

Legislative sessions in even-numbered years are short — limited to 35 days — because they’re designed for fix-it and budget-balancing bills, not grand visionary legislation. Few people outside the Oregon Capitol care about much of the Legislature’s work. Most legislation is tedious — making fixes in laws and regulations, adjusting the state budget, correcting spellings […]
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Legislature passes multiple health policy bills in final week

Following Sine Die over the weekend, here is a rundown of some of the noteworthy health policy bills that passed in the last few days of the legislative session. CCO Transparency The Coordinated Care Organization transparency bill (HB 4018) passed out of the Senate 28-1 following the approval of an amendment from Senate President Peter Courtney. The […]
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Roseburg veterans home study wins last-minute legislative approval

A bill requiring Oregon’s director of veterans affairs to study the progress of establishing a state veterans home in Roseburg was approved by the state Legislature at the last minute Source: Roseburg veterans home study wins last-minute legislative approval

Editorial: Not a bad session, all things considered

Oregon lawmakers notched a remarkable achievement on Saturday when they adjourned a week early from their already short session. Overall, it was a productive 27 days, seeing the enactment of some sensible bills dealing with health care, gun restrictions and domestic violence, but falling short of the sweeping, over-ambitious agenda majority Democrats started with in February. […]
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